Why is there so much ‘fear and loathing’ of anything biotech?

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In this era marked by Grand Canyon-sized divides among Americans, there’s one subject that seems to unite people, no matter how divergent their political persuasions. That issue is captured in three little letters: GMO.

We never give a second thought to the physical infrastructure, the technological capabilities, the incredible R&D that makes it all possible. It’s just part of modern life and integral to our 21st century lifestyles.

But for all our sophistication with high-tech gadgetry, a significant percentage of consumers exhibit fear and loathing of anything connected with biotech. They — we — trust implicitly that the telecom manufacturers, the Internet providers, the tech companies are all responsible actors in terms of the safety and efficacy of the devices that rule our lives.

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But the idea of scientists using biotechnology to make crops hardier or more productive?

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Unthinkable! Outrageous! A scourge on America that must be stopped, or at least avoided at all costs.

If a representative sampling of the population were asked, “Would you support a new medical treatment that triggers weight loss and could potentially ‘cure’ diabetes,” what do you suppose the answers would be? I’m guessing the responses would be overwhelmingly positive.

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If you then explained that this treatment involved “gene therapy,” do you really think people would react the way they do with GMOs?

Read full, original article: Dan Murphy: Redefining GMOs

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